Birdy Grey Founder Grace Lee and Devin Chen's Wedding

Birdy Gray Founder Grace Lee and Devin Chen’s Marriage ceremony

Grace Lee and Devin Chen may need lived on reverse sides of the nation, however they had been destined to satisfy. Grace was on a enterprise journey to NYC in October 2018, when she was launched to Devin via her mates. “We met for informal drinks on the Bowery Lodge as a gaggle and ended up having a blast! Just a few weeks later, Devin occurred to be in L.A. and requested me out on a second date,” explains Grace. “He took me to somewhat Italian restaurant on Abbot Kinney in Venice, adopted by stargazing on the seaside—and the remainder is historical past.”

Rather less than two years later, Devin knew it was meant to be. So, he proposed whereas the couple had been off on a weekend getaway on the Ritz Carleton in Laguna Nigel, California. “He popped the query in our resort room at 11 within the morning—it was extremely candy and low key,” reminisces Grace.

Photograph by Caroline Tran


Switching into the marriage mindset was not an issue in any respect for Grace. In any case, she is the founder and CEO of Birdy Gray, a model devoted to creating trendy and reasonably priced bridesmaid attire. She knew she needed to assist different small companies when curating her special occasion. “As an Asian-American feminine founder within the bridal trade myself, it was vital for me to associate with and assist fellow woman-owned and AAPI distributors once we may, from native expertise reminiscent of my photographer, planner, and florist to my wedding ceremony costume, paper items, and registry,” she shares.

The couple enlisted the crew at So Happi Collectively to make their wedding ceremony imaginative and prescient come to life. Very first thing on the agenda was selecting the venue. “We reside in SoCal and had been debating between Palm Springs and Santa Barbara—two of our favourite locations for weekend highway journeys—as a result of we needed it to really feel like a vacation spot wedding ceremony with out requiring visitors to journey too far,” Grace explains. “When our planner confirmed us the Rosewood Miramar Seaside in Montecito, we simply knew we needed to get married there. It was love at first sight! It’s a beautiful beachside property that’s recent and refined, full with a sweeping nice garden and crystal chandelier ballroom. We knew our visitors would have a blast. I additionally love that we are able to come again to the property to rejoice our wedding ceremony anniversary within the years to come back.”

The couple lastly mentioned “I do” on November 12, 2021 in entrance of 155 visitors at a marriage that captured their imaginative and prescient—”basic with a contemporary twist.” Learn forward to see all the main points from the gorgeous fall occasion deliberate by So Happi Collectively and photographed by Caroline Tran.

Photograph by Caroline Tran


To assist their visitors settle into Montecito, the couple DIY-ed their very own welcome luggage. “They turned out so nice, if I say so myself! I obsessed over the contents as a result of I needed every thing to be private, helpful (not wasteful), and suitcase-friendly,” shares Grace. “I sourced easy jute totes on Etsy and crammed them with our favourite snacks (chocolate caramel popcorn by Hampton Popcorn Co, Santa Barbara pistachios, salt & vinegar chips, and water) and gadgets to make their keep extra snug (a Turkish seaside towel, mini hand sanitizer, and masks).”

Photograph by Caroline Tran


Grace has lengthy been a fan of Monique Lhullier and knew she needed to put on a costume by the designer. “The Maeve was the primary robe I attempted on—I simply knew she was the one! I ought to point out that I attempted on MANY attire after that, however my coronary heart stored wandering again to this one,” shares the bride. “Earlier than I went purchasing, I noticed the costume throughout Instagram and was immediately attracted—it’s a silhouette I usually gravitate in the direction of. Most of my wedding ceremony planning was completed nearly, so attempting on wedding ceremony attire IRL was the primary time I felt like a ‘actual’ bride.”

One piece of recommendation she has for costume purchasing? “I didn’t notice how heavy some wedding ceremony robes are, so you should definitely do a pair laps across the store to be sure you’re okay with the burden of the costume,” she notes. “One fashion I attempted on was 35 kilos and I may hardly stroll in it!”

Photograph by Caroline Tran


For her equipment, Grace decked herself out a Toni Federici Colette veil with a sprig of Swarovski pearls together with different significant items. The bride shares, “My mother’s classic pearl ring that doubles as my ‘one thing previous’ and ‘one thing borrowed.’”

Photograph by Caroline Tran


For her magnificence look, “I pulled inspiration straight from Birdy Gray’s magnificence temper boards,” explains Grace. “‘Relaxed polish’ is the vibe—assume recent, glowing pores and skin, just-kissed pink lips, daring brows, and a great deal of lashes. I needed to maintain it basic with a sublime low bun and mushy whispies framing my face. I added a blue floral hair pin from Etsy to function my ‘one thing blue.'”

She additionally wore Loeffler Randall Camellia Floral Heels. “They’re SUPER cozy and completely match the vibe of our wedding ceremony venue,” Grace provides.

Photograph by Caroline Tran


“My private fashion is sort of female however minimal, and Maeve is a sweeping princess ball robe with giant lace floral appliques, layered over whisper mushy champagne tulle. What I actually love is that it contains a minimalist V-neckline, ultra-thin spaghetti straps, and low-dipping again that imparts a recent, youthful class,” shares the bride. “I adore it as a result of I really feel like myself in it.”

Photograph by Caroline Tran


For her bouquet, Grace carried a mixture of petite blooms like tweedia, petite backyard roses, dried bougainvillea, and butterfly ranunculous tied with a chiffon dusty blue ribbon.

Photograph by Caroline Tran


Devin seemed dapper in a customized black tuxedo from B.Spoke with satin lapels. He completed off the look with a boutonniere with a mixture of blue thistle, misty limonium, honey Dijon rose buds, white majolica rose, and Adrianne butterfly ranunculous.

Photograph by Caroline Tran


Photograph by Caroline Tran


Earlier than the ceremony, the couple did a primary look to attach and rejoice all their arduous work. “I used to be concurrently planning a marriage whereas working an organization and shifting into a brand new dwelling on the similar time,” shares Grace. “2021 has been fairly a yr for us!”

Photograph by Caroline Tran


“My bridesmaids wore Birdy Gray, in fact! In actual fact, we debuted our new lengthy satin bridesmaid attire in taupe, enjoying off the impartial tones of the marriage,” shares Grace. “My co-founder, Monica Ashauer, is my maid of honor, and wore our Jay Gown (which is known as after her son), and my bridesmaid Jamie wore our Monica Gown. The satin robes have a wealthy siren vibe, designed to drape like liquid steel on the physique.”

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Devin matched his groomsmen, who wore his personal black tuxedo together with a black bow tie. Grace provides, “Guys have it really easy!”

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The whole wedding ceremony occasion was a household affair. “I had three flower ladies—all my nieces—they usually wore essentially the most lovable tulle frocks by Noralee. Our ring bearers had been Devin’s nephews, they usually wore their very own tuxedos,” explains Grace. “My junior bridesmaid, Julia, wore our ruffled Jane Gown in Champagne.”

Photograph by Caroline Tran


Photograph by Caroline Tran


The couple arrived at their ceremony in fashion, driving in a baby-blue golf cart topped with a surfboard.

Photograph by Caroline Tran


Photograph by Caroline Tran


We did a phenomenal arch with impartial white florals that fade right into a palette of grays and blues for an ombre impact.

Photograph by Caroline Tran


The ceremony decor was a surprising reflection of the couple’s wedding ceremony imaginative and prescient. “To maintain issues timeless, we selected a impartial palette of whites, taupes, and lotions, infused with accents of cool blues and grays,” shares the bride. “I’m obsessive about floral installations and ceremony arches with a pure natural really feel. So, we did a phenomenal arch with impartial white florals that fade right into a palette of grays and blues for an ombre impact. We lined the aisles with cloud-like floral bunches of child’s breath, thistle, and anemones.”

Photograph by Caroline Tran


Photograph by Caroline Tran


Earlier than taking their seats, household and mates may signal the distinctive tackle the visitor guide. “We requested visitors to pin a spot on a globe that they assume we should always expertise subsequent, and signal our visitor guide with issues to do and see whereas we’re there,” notes Grace.

Photograph by Caroline Tran


Photograph by Caroline Tran


Devin’s sister officiated because the couple formally turned husband and spouse. “The ceremony felt further private as a result of we wrote our personal vows,” shares Grace. “We used it as a chance to precise our love and share our story as a pair.

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“Strolling down the aisle and seeing so lots of your closest family and friends in a single place is a really distinctive expertise,” displays the bride. “To see faces from all totally different components of our lives there to rejoice your love is particular.”

Photograph by Caroline Tran


In the end, I made selections that had been genuine to the issues that I like and worth, and all of it turned out completely!

Photograph by Caroline Tran


“Plan the marriage that you just’ve at all times envisioned, and that matches your price range,” Grace advises different brides. “There was strain round me to plan a sure sort of wedding ceremony as a result of I work within the bridal trade. In the end, I made selections that had been genuine to the issues that I like and worth, and all of it turned out completely!”

Photograph by Caroline Tran


Photograph by Caroline Tran


“My favourite a part of the decor was a customized escort card wall, full with a neon signal that mentioned ‘The Chens Tie The Knot’ by Brite Lite Tribe,” shares Grace. “The escort playing cards had been hooked up to nautical knot keychains that doubled as visitor favors—a wink to our life in Newport Seaside.”

Photograph by Caroline Tran


Photograph by Caroline Tran


“Rosewood Miramar has an iconic white crystal ballroom adorned with essentially the most magnificent Baccarat chandeliers. We performed off the intense airiness of the area by bringing in mushy blues and neutrals,” explains Grace. “The tables featured misty blue linens by La Tavola, topped with Rosewood’s gold-rimmed china. I’ve a really related set at dwelling handed down from my mother-in-law.”

Photograph by Caroline Tran


“Place playing cards by Minted Weddings in dusty blue, navy, and blush had been used as meal indicators,” says Grace. The menu for the night time featured a hand-pulled burrata salad, charred octopus with gigante beans, castelvetrano, prosciutto ragu, and romesco, and a selection of salmon, filet mignon, or risotto for the entrée.

“Selecting the menu was a lot enjoyable. Actually, the tasting was one of the vital gratifying issues I did in the course of the planning course of,” remembers the bride. “The charred octopus was an out-of-the-box selection, however most of our visitors are adventurous eaters. It turned out to be the star of the menu!”

Photograph by Caroline Tran


Photograph by Caroline Tran


“It was vital for us to throw a very enjoyable occasion centered round our visitors,” explains Grace. “We needed to ensure everybody had fun, so we invested within the meals, drinks, and leisure. Devin was adamant that we wanted a reside band!”

The couple took their first flip across the dance flooring as their 10-piece band Downbeat Company performed “Excellent” by Ed Sheeran.

Photograph by Caroline Tran


Photograph by Caroline Tran


Later within the night time, the couple minimize into their three-tiered cake topped with dried florals. White velvet was the flavour of selection. “All of the fluffy goodness of pink velvet, with out the dye,” notes Grace.

Photograph by Caroline Tran


The night continued with hilarious speeches, significant moments, and loads of enjoyable. “Individuals flocked to the dance flooring and stayed to the very finish when the band closed out the night time with Don’t Cease Believin’ by Journey,” remembers the bride.

Whereas planning may need concerned “holding monitor of all of the million to-do’s,” Grace encourages others getting married to let all of it go and take advantage of the day as soon as it arrives. “Attempt to reside within the second and take time to soak all of it in in the course of the ceremony and reception,” she shares. “It goes by so quick!”